Warner at National Black Theater Festival in 2007
August 18, 1970 |
Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, television director, musician|
Malcolm-Jamal Warner (born August 18, 1970) is an American television actor, television director, and musician. He is best known for his roles as Theo Huxtable on the long-running NBC sitcom The Cosby Show and as Malcolm McGee on the UPN sitcom Malcolm & Eddie. He also starred in the sitcom Reed Between the Lines as Dr. Alex Reed.
Malcolm-Jamal Warner was born in Jersey City, New Jersey and was raised by his divorced mother, Pamela Warner, who served as his manager. He was named after Malcolm X and Jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal. At the age of 9, Malcolm demonstrated an interest in show business which led to enrollment in acting schools. His active career as a child later led him to graduate high school from The Professional Children's School in New York City.
With appearances and roles on many television shows and films, he landed his most successful role as Theo Huxtable, the only son of Heathcliff Huxtable, who was played by Bill Cosby on the NBC sitcom, The Cosby Show from 1984 to 1992. Warner auditioned for the role on the very last day of the nationwide search and was chosen by Cosby himself.
He also starred in Jeremiah, was the voice of The Producer character on The Magic School Bus and co-starred with comedian Eddie Griffin for four years on the UPN sitcom Malcolm & Eddie. Warner continued his career on the CBS sitcom Listen Up! with Jason Alexander and the host of the literacy-promoting children's show CBS Storybreak. He guest-starred on an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air playing the role of Hilary's boyfriend, and has directed several music videos including British R&B group Five Star's "I Love You For Sentimental Reasons" (1994) as well as many sitcom episodes including The Cosby Show, All that, Kenan & Kel, and Malcolm & Eddie. Also In 1988 Warner was In New Edition's 1988 Music Video N.E Heartbreak.
In addition, Warner directed the acclaimed, teen-oriented public health video "Time Out: The Truth About HIV, AIDS, and You" (1992), which featured Arsenio Hall and Earvin "Magic" Johnson (among others) discussing the realities of HIV and AIDS and the best ways to prevent its spread.
In 2003, Warner released his debut EP, "The Miles Long Mixtape." In 2007, Warner followed up with his second CD entitled, "Love & Other Social Issues." In 2009 he guest starred in an episode in the new TNT series HawthoRNe. In 2011 he guest starred in an episode of the NBC series Community as the ex-husband of Shirley Bennett (Yvette Nicole Brown). His character subtly referenced his Cosby Show past by wearing a "Cosby sweater" that he stated was from his dad.
Warner's most recent television role is on Black Entertainment Television's new scripted comedic television series Reed Between the Lines as Alex Reed. In this series, which first aired in 2011 Warner plays the role of an English professor married to Carla Reed, a psychologist played by former Girlfriends star Tracee Ellis Ross. The couple have three children together: Kaci (played by Zoe Borde) and Kenan Renolds (played by Nadji Jeter), who are Carla's children from a previous relationship; and Alexis Reed (played by Zoe Hendrix), who is their child together. The show highlights the couple's ups and downs together as a blended family. In 2012 Warner was nominated for Outstanding Actor in a comedy series at the NAACP Image awards for his role in Reed Between the Lines.
Warner is also a bass player.
Warner had a relationship with actress Michelle Thomas (who portrayed his girlfriend Justine on "The Cosby Show"), and was at her bedside when she died in 1998. He was in a relationship with actress Karen Malina White for seven and a half years, but never married.
|1982||Matt Houston||Johnny Randolph||Episode: "Stop the Presses"|
|1983||Fame||Lucas Boyd||Episode: "Ending on a High Note"|
|1984||Call to Glory||Episode: "A Nation Divided"|
|1984–1992||Cosby Show, TheThe Cosby Show||Theodore 'Theo' Huxtable||Series regular|
|1986||ABC Afterschool Special||Charlie Curtis||Episode: "A Desperate Exit"|
|1986||Saturday Night Live||host||Episode: "Malcolm-Jamal Warner/Run-DMC"|
|1987||Father Clements Story, TheThe Father Clements Story||Joey||NBC television film|
|1987||Home Alone: A Kid's Guide To Playing It Safe When On Your Own||Himself/Host||Direct-to-video special|
|1988–89||Different World, AA Different World||Theodore 'Theo' Huxtable||Episodes: "My Dinner With Theo" & "Risky Business"|
|1989||Mother's Day||Cullen Sturgis||Television film|
|1989||Tour of Duty||SPC Sweet||Episode: "The Volunteer"|
|1990||Saturday Morning Videos||Host|
|1990||Real Story of Itsy Bitsy Spider, TheThe Real Story of Itsy Bitsy Spider||Spinner|
|1990||The Earth Day Special||Theo Huxtable|
|1991||Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, TheThe Fresh Prince of Bel-Air||Eric||Episode: "Cased Up"|
|1992–93||Here and Now||Alexander 'A.J.' James||Lead role|
|1994||Drop Zone||Terry Nessip|
|1994–97||Magic School Bus, TheThe Magic School Bus||The Producer|
|1995||Touched by an Angel||Zack||Episode: "There But For the Grace of God"|
|1995||Tyson||Rory Holloway||HBO television film|
|1995||Tuskegee Airmen, TheThe Tuskegee Airmen||Leroy Cappy||HBO television film|
|1996–2000||Malcolm & Eddie||Malcolm McGee||Lead role|
|1997||Moloney||Episode: "The Ripple Effect"|
|1998||Fare to Remember, AA Fare to Remember||Winter Valen|
|1999||Sliders||R.J.||Episode: "My Brother's Keeper"|
|2001||Legend of the Candy Cane||Rusty (voice)||Television film|
|2002||Static Shock||Lester Biggs (voice)||Episode: "Duped"|
|2002–04||Jeremiah||Kurdy Malloy||Series regular|
|2004||Reflections: A Story of Redemption||Samuel|
|2004||Stripperella||Episode: "The Bridesmaid"|
|2004–05||Listen Up!||Bernie Widmer||Series regular|
|2006||List, TheThe List||Randy|
|2006||Contradictions of the Heart||Miles Long Band|
|2006||Dexter||Rita's Lawyer||Episode: "Seeing Red"|
|2008||Cleaner, TheThe Cleaner||Jason Anders||Episode: "Lie with Me"|
|2009||HawthoRNe||Fred||Episode: "Healing Time"|
|2010||True Blue||Walker MacRae||Television film|
|2010||Special Agent Oso||Braden's Dad||Episode: "The Living Holiday Lights"|
|2011–present||Community||Andre Bennett||Recurring role|
|2011||Reed Between the Lines||Dr. Alex Reed||Lead role|
|2013||Key & Peele||Black Republican||Episode: "Episode 21"|
|2014||The Michael J. Fox Show||Russel||Episode: "Party"|
|2014||Major Crimes||Lt. Chuck Cooper||Episode: "Year-End Blowout" "Season 2 Episode 17"|
|2014||Sons of Anarchy||Sticky||Recurring role|
The Miles Long Mixtape
- Released: 2003
- Released: 2007
Awards and nominations
MD Theatre Guide Readers' Choice Awards
- 2013: Winner 1st Place, "Best Performance by Lead Actor in a Play" -Doctor John Prentice in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner at Arena Stage
BET Comedy Awards
- 2005: Nominated, "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series" — Listen Up
- 1986: Nominated, "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series" — The Cosby Show
- 1996: Nominated, "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series" — Touched by an Angel
- 2001: Nominated, "Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series" — Malcolm & Eddie
- 2012: Won, "Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series" - Reed Between the Lines
- 2006: Nominated, "Favorite Singing Siblings" — The Cosby Show (shared w/co-stars)
- 1985: Won, Best Young Supporting Actor in a Television Comedy Series - The Cosby Show
- 1988: Nominated, Best Young Male Superstar in Television - The Cosby Show
- 1989: Won, Best Young Actor/Actress Ensemble in a Television Comedy, Drama Series or Special - The Cosby Show (shared w/co-stars)
- 1990: Won, "Best Young Actor Supporting Role in a Television Series" — The Cosby Show
- Theo and Me: Growing up Okay (1988) - ISBN 0-525-24694-0 (with Daniel Paisner)
- Malcolm-Jamal-Warner Biography (1970-)
- Malcolm-Jamal Warner Biography (1970-)
- Gonzalez, Sandra (2011-01-21). "'Community': Did you think Malcolm Jamal Warner was the best pick to play Shirley's ex?". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2011-01-26.
- Burger, Mark (2003-07-27). "NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE FESTIVAL RETURNS THIS YEAR, BIGGER THAN EVER, FEATURING NEW WORKS, SOME OLD FAVORITES AND PLENTY OF ENTERTAINMENT". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved 2011-01-26.
- "National Black Theatre Festival Poetry Page". Retrieved 2011-01-26.
- Dougherty, Steve (1999-01-11). "Forever Young". People. Retrieved 2011-01-12.
- Jackson, Charreah (2009-04-10). "Flashback Fridays: Malcolm-Jamal Warner". Essence. Archived from the original on 13 April 2009. Retrieved 2011-01-12.
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- Malcolm-Jamal Warner interview video at the Archive of American Television